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Tribe bats silent in 1-0 loss to White Sox

By PAUL HOYNES • Aug 10, 2018 at 11:32 PM

CHICAGO — Shane Bieber is some kind of rookie and Carlos Rodon is healthy again.

Those were two main takeaways from Friday night's game that the Indians lost, 1-0, to the White Sox on a leadoff homer by Daniel Palka in the ninth inning at Guaranteed Rate Field. Palka hit a 1-2 pitch from Neil Ramirez.

The Indians came into the game having won two straight on walk-off wins. Friday night they got to experience it from the losing side.

Bieber threw 6 2/3 scoreless innings. He struck out eight, walked two and allowed three hits in his first appearance against the White Sox. The only serious threat he faced came in the fifth, when Yoan Moncada hit a leadoff double. Bieber didn't flinch as he struck out Ryan LaMarre and Nicky Delmonico and retired Yolmer Sanchez on a fly ball to right.

The Indians put some pressure on Rodon in the first when Francisco Lindor drew a leadoff walk, but Michael Brantley flied out to the track in right field and Jose Ramirez popped to first. Edwin Encarnacion, who would leave the game with a sore left shoulder, walked to bring Brandon Guyer to the plate. Lindor and Encarnacion worked a double steal, but Guyer struck out to end the inning.

The double steal gave Lindor 18 steals and Encarnacion two for the season. The Indians entered the game leading the AL in steals.

The Indians didn't do much against Rodon after that. Lindor hit a one-out double in the third, but Rodon retired Brantley and Ramirez. In the sixth Ramirez doubled with one out, but Rodon retired Melky Cabrera and Guyer. Cabrera replaced Encarnacion at DH, pinch-hitting for him in the fourth.

Yonder Alonso hit a leadoff single in the seventh, but Yan Gomes followed by hitting into a double play.

Rodon's eight scoreless innings matched the longest scoreless start of his career. That came on Sept. 25, 2016 against the Tribe at Progressive Field.

The White Sox left-hander underwent shoulder surgery on Sept. 27, 2017 after making just 12 appearances. He opened the 2018 season on the disabled list, but appears fully recovered.

Rodon struck out five and allowed four hits.

The Indians missed a chance in the ninth. They had one out with two on, but lefty Jace Fry retired Gomes and Jason Kipnis.

What it means

The White Sox ended a four-game losing streak against the Indians with Friday's win. They are 3-8 against the Tribe this season.

The pitches

Bieber threw 106 pitches, 74 (70 percent) for strikes. Rodon threw 106 pitches, 69 (65 percent) for strikes.

Thanks for coming

The Indians and White Sox drew 18,772 fans to Guaranteed Rate Field. First pitch was at 8:10 p.m. with a temperature of 76 degrees.

Up next

Right-hander Trevor Bauer (11-6, 2.25) will face veteran right-hander James Shields (4-13, 4.50) on Saturday at 7:10 p.m. SportsTime Ohio, WTAM and WMMS will carry the game.

Bauer will face the White Sox for the third time this season. He's 1-1 with 1.84 ERA against them this year. Shields, 0-3 in his last four starts, is 5-7 with a 3.86 ERA in 21 career starts against the Indians.

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